5 questions with A Little Something director, Brett Eichenberger at the half-way mark.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
1Hi Brett! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make this film? I had always wondered if time travel ever existed in the near future, would I save myself or someone I loved by traveling back in time. If so, how would my future self pull it off? From those ideas came the nucleus of the story.
2You wrote the script as well. How long did it take you to write and what was the toughest part about tackling the script? The script went through a bunch of variations. Initially it was going to take place in the desert but the logistics became more and more challenging. Overall it took about 2 months to write, the toughest part was working with the limited budget. I'm from Portland, Oregon and wanted to shoot it in Los Angeles to take advantage of some actor friends and resources I had down there but that actually became a challenge as well. Ultimately adversity leads to creativity and I'm happy with what I was able to pull off with a really low budget in a single location.
3What's the biggest thing you learned from making this film? I really learned the value of pre-production through this film. Even though we spent months bringing it all together, I would've done it differently if I could've. Living in one city while producing a film in another is a bit of a challenge. I arrived in L.A. about 3 days before shooting. I needed more time for prep.
4What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? The moment I realized the power of movies was when I was about 5 or 6 watching E.T.. It occurred to me that someone was "pulling the strings" so to speak. That was the point I became interested in being the man in charge of all of that, and Steven Spielberg is the master so I've always looked to him first for inspiration.
5What's next? I'm in post-production on my next feature, Pretty Broken. It was written by my wife Jill Remensnyder and stars Jillian Clare, Tyler Christopher and Stacy Edwards. I'm really proud of this movie. I think people are going to love it. We'll be entering it into festivals starting this fall and hope to have it out in 2018. I can't wait, it's going to be a fun ride! In the meantime, while I finish up Pretty Broken, I'm thinking more and more about my next short film.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
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